Pordenone, Province of Pordenone, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Italy

The name comes from the latin "Portus Naonis" meaning the port on the river Noncello (Latin Naon).

Province of Pordenone

For many centuries it was a Germanic area in the Friuli territory. In 1968 Pordenone became capital of the newly established province with the same name, including territory previously belonging to the province of Udine.


Altitude: 24 m a.s.l -- Population: about 51,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 33170 -- Phone Area Code: 0434 -- Frazioni & Localities: Borgomeduna, Rorai Grande, San Gregorio, Torre, Vallenoncello, Villanova di Pordenone -- Patron Saint: San Marco Evangelista, celebrated on 25 April


Pordenone was founded in the High Middle Ages but there were already villas and agricultural settlements in the Roman age. In 1378 the city passed to the Habsburg family, forming an Austrian enclave within the territory of Patriarchate of Aquileia. In the 14th century Pordenone grew substantially due to the flourishing river trades.

In 1514 it was acquired by the Republic of Venice, under which a new port was built and the manifactures improved. After 1815 Pordenone was included in the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia. The railway connection and the construction of the Pontebbana road implied the decline of the port, but spurred a substantial industrial development (especially for the working of cotton). Pordenone was annexed to Italy in 1866. The cotton sector, however, decayed after the destructions of World War I and the 1929 crisis, and never recovered.

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